Magazine article Musical Opinion

WNO - A New la Traviata

Magazine article Musical Opinion

WNO - A New la Traviata

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David McVicar's new production of La Traviata for Welsh National Opera, which I attended at the Cardiff Millennium Centre on September 12th, is swathed in black crepe, creating a sense of the ominous presence of death even in the more extrovert scenes. While he never takes liberties with the text he manages to focus attention on the persistent reality of Violetta's condition and the urgency of any action.

He is served by a splendid cast. Myrto Papatanasiu, his Greek Violetta, is worldly-wise and a fighter. All the more convincine then in the final act where she is unable to stand unaided and dies foetally crouched in Alfredo's arms. The voice is electric in the opening scenes and oscillates tellingly between bravura and tender intimacy in Act II scene one and the final Act.

Alfie Boe's Alfredo is magnificent. He gives us a naive, gauche boy, way out of his depths at the start, a petulant adolescent in the central Act, growing up just too late to make any difference at Violetta's death. …

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